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Monday, May 21, 2018

The Beekeeper's Promise by Fiona Valpy - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Abi hopes being in France will heal her. She's there for a short stay, but when she gets the offer to work at Château Bellevue, she immediately accepts. She loves the beautiful place filled with history and has enough free time on her hands to spend a few months there. Abi has been through a lot and it's time for her to get back on her feet. Will being at the château make a difference? While she's staying there, Abi learns about what happened at the castle during WWII. She's fascinated by the story and hearing about the bravery of others might make Abi fierce enough to chase her own dreams as well.

It's 1938 and life is wonderful at Château Bellevue. Eliane loves her bees. She's a skilled beekeeper and gardener and working at the thriving Château Bellevue makes her happy. She's in love with wine maker Mathieu and knows he wants to marry her. Eliane's future is looking promising, but then the war breaks out and Eliane and her loved ones are in danger. The Germans have occupied the area and have chosen the castle as their new residence. Eliane joins the Resistance, but this comes at a price. Will she and Mathieu, now being separated from each other by the Germans, ever find their way back to each other again?

The Beekeeper's Promise is a beautiful moving story. I was immediately intrigued by the two brave main characters who have Château Bellevue in common. Fiona Valpy alternates between Abi and Eliane and I equally loved their stories. Abi is in France to get over a terrible trauma. The castle is a loving place and being there slowly makes her feel better. She's fascinated by Eliane's story, which is truly amazing. Eliane is brave, strong and smart. She keeps risking her own life for others and I admired her strength and courage. She's a remarkable woman with a kind heart. I couldn't turn the pages of The Beekeeper's Promise quickly enough to find out if she'd survive the war. Eliane's story inspires Abi and I absolutely loved that. She needs kindness and support and I kept hoping she'd embrace her future after the nightmare she's been in. I really like it when I feel so invested in the main characters of a story.

Fiona Valpy has a great captivating writing style. Her marvelous descriptions of the French countryside are making it come to life in a fantastic way. I could easily picture the castle and its surroundings and loved how she made me see every single detail. The Beekeeper's Promise is an impressive emotional story. Fiona Valpy knows how to portray deep feelings of fear, longing, unconditional love, selflessness and regret. She's paid careful attention to every aspect of her story and that shows. The result is a terrific book that I highly recommend.

Advice

If you love beautiful emotional stories that are set in both the past and the present you don't want to miss The Beekeeper's Promise.

About Fiona Valpy


Fiona Valpy spent seven years living in France, having moved there from the UK in 2007. She and her family renovated an old, rambling farmhouse in the Bordeaux winelands, during which time she developed new-found skills in cement-mixing, interior decorating and wine-tasting.

All of these inspirations, along with a love for the place, the people and their history, have found their way into the books she’s written, which have been translated into German, Norwegian, Czech, Slovenian and Turkish.

Fiona now lives in Scotland, but enjoys regular visits to France in search of the sun.

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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback copy of The Beekeeper's Promise by Fiona Valpy.

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28 comments:

  1. I dont have money to buy, so I download from torrents....

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  2. Would love to win this book for my Mum who reads a lot.

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  3. I grew up with a beekeeper, so this aspect of the book interests me.

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  4. I'd love to visit France, awww, I am sure it would look so lovely. At least books can take me there

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  5. This book sounds so good!! Can't wait to read it

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  6. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. The Beekeeper's Promise sounds like a captivating and gripping page turner beautifully written and vividly told.

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  8. Agree, this looks like a wonderful read.

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  9. The title intrigued me and the cover too. I really like the sound of this story.

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  10. Sounds good, thanks for the review!

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  11. Sounds good Different than anything else I've read!!

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  12. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  13. The Beekeeper's Promise sounds interesting!

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  14. This is a book will definitely love to read. Awesome review

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  15. What a wonderful cover! I'm so excited to read it.

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  16. I love books which move between the past and the future, this sounds great.

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  17. I love the sound of .the two sides of this story, modern and historical

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  18. The cover is beautiful and I really want to read about what happens to the main characters. It sounds a romantic yet page-turned set against the backdrop of one of the hardest things man has to face.

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  19. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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  20. beautiful cover and i love the book name
    jan

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  21. Fiona's novel sounds wonderful - it'd make a terrific movie. All the research in the world cannot compare with actually living in the environment you're describing.

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